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January 26, 2008

Christian Brando dead at 49


Christian Brando, the troubled eldest son of the late actor Marlon Brando, has died. He was 49.

Brando's attorney said Christian died from pneumonia at a Los Angeles hospital. He was taken to the hospital on Jan. 11th.

There are no funeral plans yet scheduled.

"This is a sad and difficult time for the family," Brando's attorney said.

Christian Brando never really held down a career, but he did some acting work. He had small roles in a handful of movies, including 1968's "I Love You, Alice B. Toklas!"

Unfortuantely, Brando he was better known for his brushes with the law. He spent five years in prison after pleading guilty to manslaughter in 1990 for killing his sister's boyfriend, Dag Drollet, at the Brando family's hilltop estate.

Brando claimed that he accidentally shot Drollet as they struggled for a gun during an argument over whether Drollet, 26, had beaten Brando's pregnant half-sister, Cheyenne.

Cheyenne, who later gave birth to Drollet's son but lost custody of the child, killed herself in 1995. She was 25.


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